Hinckley, Ted C. (1925-2004)

Hinckley, Ted C. (1925-2004)

Date Updated




Academic Rank

Emeritus Professor

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Indiana University, History, 1961 Ph.D.

Claremont Graduate School

Harvard University

Kansas City University, Education, 1953 MA

Northwest Missouri State College, History, 1951 BS

Claremont Men's College, Business, 1950 BA

Teaching Experience

Western Washington Univ., Adjunct Professor, 1991-Present

University of Gadjah Mada,, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Fulbright Lecturer, Fall Semester 1994‑'95

Whitman College, Elderhostel, Summer 1993

San Jose State University, 1959-1990

Germany, Palau, Pohnpei, Summers

El Salvador, Fall Semester 1979

Indiana University (TA), 1958-1959

St. Katherine's School, Headmaster, 1955-1957

Claremont Men's College, 1953-1955

Barstow School, 1951-1953

Administrative and Professional Experience

Served in Navy Air, Torpedo Squadron Six, as a radio gunner

Chesmore Seed Company‑‑junior executive/salesman, St. Joseph, MO

Editorial Assistant, The Historian, Indiana University, 1957‑'59

Associate Director of 3 NDEA institutes, one of which was in Germany

Organized and developed TV series on the Civil War, and U.S. in Pacific

Organized and directed 5 historical conferences

Served as a commissioner on the California Historical Pres. Comm. 1980‑1984

Awarded grants by: American Philosophical Society, Huntington Library, AHA, AASLH, and the Alaska Historical Commission; latter which enabled a year's leave of absence for writing his third Alaskan history

Organizing director of the Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History

Honored with the University's Outstanding Professor Award, 1981

Danforth Associate (with wife);

Phi Beta Kappa from CMC, 1986

Selected Publications

The Americanization of Alaska, 1867‑1897 (Palo Alto, CA 1972)

Alaskan John Green Brady: Missionary, Businessman, Judge, and Governor (Columbus, OH, 1982)

The Canoe Rocks: Alaska's Tlingit and the Euramerican Frontier, 1800‑1912 (Lanham, MD, 1995)

War, Wings, and a Western Youth, 1925‑1945 (Raleigh, NC 1996)

Five anthologies; over thirty articles, and with wife edited two journals

Personal Commentary

Ted's years at San Jose State were richly rewarding. Stimulated by a department which boasted a statewide reputation for its outstanding members (i.e., Anderson, Burdick, Gailey, High, Main, Melendy, Walsh, Wendel, Wheeler, etc.), historian Hinckley wrote three solid books on the history of Alaska. For him the classroom never lost its excitement. Blessed with the relatively light teaching load of a university professor, Hinckley frequently carried an overload; University Extension enabled him to introduce new courses on "Urban History" and "The History of the Pacific." His SJSU graduate students have done well. Perhaps the three most distinguished are Professor John M. Gates at Wooster College, Ohio; Professor Maureen Fastenau at Monash University, Churchill, Australia; and Wyn Wachhorst whose study of Thomas A. Edison became a History Book Club selection. Ted and his wife relish their golden years at lake Whatcom and thank God for His mercy.

Date Completed: 5/16/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Hinckley, Ted C. (1925-2004)